Newcastle Defender To Miss Start Of Premier League Season

Danny Simpson now looks certain to miss the start of the Premier League season on August 14th.

Danny Simpson – will miss start of season

Danny has damaged a tendon in his foot, and is currently on vacation but is still on crutches.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton says he is already preparing for the first four games without the former Manchester United defender, and that may mean Newcastle will bring in a right back before the start of next season.

Of course either of the two Taylors – Steven or Ryan can play at right back and indeed a very decent back four would be Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson and Enrique.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Danny had a minor operation at the end of the season, and he will miss the first part of the season.”“We’re hoping that he’ll be fit by the end of August, but he’ll possibly miss the first three or four games.”

“It was a foot problem that he had towards the end of last season that we knew would need surgery at the end of the campaign.”

It turns out that Simpson’s injury was a lot worse than first thought and he went to a London surgeon the day following Newcastle final game of the season, the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

It turns out that Danny had played through the pain barrier in the last few games of the season, but that may have had a negative impact on the tendon, which seemed to get worse.

Chris Hughton continued:

“The problem was just a bit more than what we thought it was.”“Danny’s a tough boy and in the last period of the season he was able to play with no pain, but we were aware it was going to take a minor operation at the end of the season.”

“Somebody that didn’t have the pain threshold of Danny would not have been able to play on.” “He’s a tough lad, as I say, and he was able to continue to do a job for us.”

Danny epitomizes the new found spirit that is on Tyneside, and we’ll certainly need that next season,  if we are to survive and even prosper in the Premiership.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • premier

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1


  • henok ethiopian toon

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    he is going to be dreadful in the epl..i dont give a shit

  • baro

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #3

    To be honest Its not like anybody gives a sh!t.!! He is horrible. Ryan Taylor much better or we getting replacement.

  • Mac

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree i must admit i don’t really rate him at all.

  • G

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    DS is not as bad as everybody vilifies him for. He did alright on the few games he played for manyoo, he did very well at Blackburn and would have played a bigger part but for injury. People seem quick on the blog to turn on our players these days as it seems the fashionable thing to do. Get behind the team boys, or pick a new sport.

  • toongloom

    Jun 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    not bad news eh lol hes shocking danny, decent as a cover if needed be but never a starting 11. Push steven taylor at rb!

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 10, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I wouldnt say I’m vilifying him or having a go at Simpson because he seems a cracking lad but at his age he’s had more experience than a lot of the younger lads but is still adiment? (I cant spell) to back-off players running at him and in the premier-league he’s gonna be punished. Like I said great lad, but theirs no room for sentiment… look where that got us in the past.

    I would say it could be good news in a strange way, cause I’d keep Simpson as a good back-up but hopefully now this makes sure we get a good first choice RB in before the season starts.

  • geordielad880

    Jun 10, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    danny simpson is a good squad player, but no way should he be out first choice right back, anyone with pace tears him to shreds, that was my priority position to be sorted over the summer, along with another winger, stephen hunt would be a great signing, has loads of quality, proven in premiership, great workrate and passer and chips in with goals.

  • geordielad880

    Jun 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9

    I would sell smith and xisco aswell, smith just wont cut it in the premiership, his heart is in the right place, but his legs have gone, he is so slow its frightening

  • Colombus

    Jun 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Could we perhaps get our heads out of our asses and sign Albin Ebondo on a free transfer now!? Good ability and worth the gamble! would provide the cover we need now!

  • nuttyward

    Jun 10, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #11

    maybe there is a god after all DS would get turned inside out in prem after all it happned quite a few times in CCC rest my case but get well soon

  • estechco

    Jun 10, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I think you’re being very harsh on DS. Whilst I don’t think he is world class, I do believe he is premiership quality and should cope with all but the top 4’s wingers.

    The fact that he has been carrying an injury (possibly two as I heard of a hip issue too) in the last 6 months doesn’t seem to have cut any ice with anyone?

    I don’t deny we need a second RB, not least because history has told me that players that have a disrupted pre-season normally take a long time to get going or have a niggly season with secondary injuries. We certainly want to avoid relying on the kids for a prolonged period.

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 10, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #13

    I wouldnt say anyone is being harsh to be fair. Its always just an opinion, but mine is he’s had years of experience in the premiership with man utd, sunderland & blackburn and no-one was willing to make him permanent, most likely cause he’s just not quite good enough. He’s a good championship player, but id only have him on the bench in the premiership. I don’t doubt its hard playing with an injury but he didnt play with an injury all the other years we’ve seen him. I honestly think he could be a great RB if he learned not to back off players, thats got nothing to do with an injury, its just lack of intellegance…. oh the irony that i spelled that wrong 🙂

  • wickywoowoo

    Jun 10, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #14

    We are told the reason why his form last season – and injury that requires an operation – and people STILL hammer him.

    Seriously – you lot are retarded. You’re beyond defending.

  • Thump

    Jun 10, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Amazing. You lot were screaming for his signature in December now you all want shot of him? Give me a break.

    He’s a good player and you’re all failing to take into consideration that the past few weeks of the season he’s been playing on an injury that required an operation. The fact he played at all is a sentiment to where his heart is. He’s had a decent season, has wore his heart on his sleeve for us and can even drive to the Metro Centre ffs!

    Stop your whining and be thankful we have somebody so committed to the cause.

    And as for Ryan Taylor being better than him at RB… are you lot smoking something?

  • Sav

    Jun 11, 2010 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Hope Steven Taylor gets the RB slot in Simmo’s absence.

  • Doha Mag

    Jun 11, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Dissapointed with the negative comments against Simpson as he’s a decent player with a big future.

    We have cover at RB with Steve and Ryan Taylor; maybe Steve is better than Simpson, but we have adequate cover and provided ST signs a new contract (which is essential) the RB position is not a position we need additional cover…..

    We need first team cover at LB/CD and on the wing. Then a few players to improve the current first team; i.e. a creative midfielder and a striker to play off Carrol


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